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Nose cone design

  1. Aug 14, 2006 #1

    Astronuc

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    I stumbled across this while looking for something else.

    This might be of interest to AE's.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nose_cone_design
     
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  3. Aug 14, 2006 #2
    Is there anything Wikipedia doesn't have these days? ;) Very nice, though, I've never seen that topic covered in much detail.
     
  4. Aug 14, 2006 #3

    Clausius2

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    It's a pity they don't mention anything about the influence of the shape on the flow field. That's a nice analytical problem. Sometimes in AE one has to work out the shape of the cone that has produced a particular flow field (inverse design).
     
  5. Aug 15, 2006 #4

    FredGarvin

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    Most of the time in our area, we are more concerned with simply not creating any disturbances in the inlet flow rather than creating a particular flow field. I can't say what method our aero guys use to determine our nose cone profiles.
     
  6. Aug 15, 2006 #5

    Clausius2

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    Hi Fred,

    In my opinion the inverse design is nicer, isn't it? It's like the pure state of the predictive force of the theory. But I know sometimes it is cheaper and more suitable for companies the test-and see what happens afterwards- method.
     
  7. Aug 16, 2006 #6

    FredGarvin

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    Claus...I totally agree. Most times, for us, it ends up being a scaled version of a design that has been around for quite sometime. Then it's a cross your fingers and hope it still works kind of moment. We have had to do new shapes, but not very often.
     
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